WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW continues its season-opening road swing Wednesday with a 6:30 p.m. contest at state rival Wake Forest.
Wednesday's contest marks the eighth meeting between UNCW and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have won all seven previous meetings between the two programs, including a 72-58 victory over the Seahawks in their most recent matchup on Jan. 1, 2009 at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
UNCW holds a combined 2-24 mark against schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seahawks, who are facing their fifth different ACC school since the start of the 2009-10 season, are in search of their first win against a member of the ACC since a 59-57 victory over Duke on Feb. 21, 1982.
UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris returns to her alma mater as an opposing coach for the second time on Wednesday. A four-year letterwinner with the Demon Deacons, Harris played in 106 games during her collegiate career (1998-2002). She paced Coach Charlene Curtis' squad with 108 assists and averaged 4.6 points per game during her senior season while serving as team co-captain.
UNCW squares off against an in-state opponent for the first time this season with its matchup against Wake Forest on Wednesday. The Seahawks have enjoyed moderate success against competition from the Tar Heel State in recent years, compiling a 15-9 mark against in-state foes since the start of the 2007-08 season. UNCW was 4-3 against in-state schools in 2011-12 with victories against Campbell, Charlotte, East Carolina and North Carolina A&T.
The Seahawks will face a challenging non-conference slate in 2012-13 as seven of their 11 non-league opponents qualified for postseason competition last season, including NCAA Tournament participants Liberty, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia. In addition, nine of those teams won 15 or more contests, with six of those teams - Liberty, Northern Kentucky, Richmond, Tulane, Wake Forest and West Virginia - all reaching the 20-win milestone.
West Virginia Recap The Seahawks opened the 2012-13 season with a 76-47 loss at No. 17 West Virginia on Nov. 9.
The Mountaineers used a 20-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from the upset-minded Seahawks, who trailed by seven points, 38-31, just moments before WVU began its decisive run.
The Seahawks opened the season against a ranked opponent for the first time in program history with its matchup against West Virginia. The loss to the Mountaineers moved UNCW to 0-26 all-time in games against teams ranked in the top 25.
UNCW moved to 21-19 all-time in season openers with the loss to West Virginia. It also marked the second straight season that the Seahawks have opened the season with a setback.
Head Coach Adell Harris became the first Seahawks head coach to lose their UNCW debut since Susan Yow suffered a 77-54 setback at UNC Greensboro on Nov. 28, 1993. The three head coaches between Yow and Harris (Bernie Flax, Ann Hancock and Cynthia Cooper-Dyke) were all victorious in their UNCW debuts.
The 47 points by the Seahawks represented the lowest point total for the Seahawks in a season opener since scoring 44 points in a 49-44 loss to Campbell in Nov. 17, 2001.
UNCW was held below 30 percent shooting for the contest, converting just 14-of-50 field goal attempts (.280).
West Virginia enjoyed a 32-14 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by a 20-10 edge in the first half.
West Virginia posted a 17-6 advantage in points off turnovers as it forced the Seahawks into 23 turnovers.
The Mountaineers enjoyed a 49-36 advantage on the glass, highlighted by a 28-15 margin in the second half.
West Virginia recorded a 17-4 edge in second-chance points, including a 14-0 margin in the second half.
Sophomore Jovana Mandic led UNCW with a career-high 10 points as she did not miss a shot during the contest (4-of-4 from the floor; 2-of-2 from the free-throw line).
Junior Brittany Gamby made her first career start and responded with seven points and a career-high five rebounds.
Sophomore Kelva Atkins and freshman Dana Brown both made their UNCW debuts. Atkins finished with eight points and a team-high three assists while Brown notched six points and added five rebounds.
Scouting Wake Forest
Wake Forest opened the 2012-13 season Sunday with an 82-75 victory over visiting Coppin State at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Junior guard Chelsea Douglas scored a career-high 23 points, including the final seven points of the game, to lead the Demon Deacons while senior Lakevia Boykin netted 17 points and dished out a career-high seven assists.
Senior Asia Williams finished with 14 points and also tied her personal-high with six assists.
Boykin led Wake in scoring last season, averaging 12.2 points per game on her way to earning Honorable Mention All-ACC accolades. Douglas was second on the squad, averaging 11.1 points per game during her sophomore campaign.
The Demon Deacons were picked to finish ninth in the ACC coaches' preseason poll.
Jen Hoover is in her first season as Head Coach of the Demon Deacons program. A four-year letterwinner at Wake (1987-91), Hoover took over the program after one season at nearby High Point, where she led the Panthers to a 20-13 overall record in 2011-12.
Series History Versus Wake Forest Wednesday's contest marks the eighth meeting between state rivals UNCW and Wake Forest.
The Demon Deacons have won all seven previous meetings between the two programs, including a 72-58 victory over the Seahawks in their most recent matchup on Jan. 1, 2009 at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
UNCW Versus The Atlantic Coast Conference UNCW holds a combined 2-24 mark against schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Seahawks will face their fifth different ACC school since the start of the 2009-10 season as it fell to Maryland, 67-61, in December 2009, suffered an 85-55 loss at No. 24 Boston College during the 2010-11 campaign and was defeated by NC State, 83-64, and No. 9 Duke, 107-45, in non-conference play last season.
UNCW's last win against a member of the ACC came with a 59-57 victory over Duke on Feb. 21, 1982.
Coach Harris Returns UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris returns to her alma mater on Wednesday.
A four-year letterwinner with the Demon Deacons, Harris played in 106 games during her career (1998-2002).
She paced Coach Charlene Curtis' squad with 108 assists and averaged 4.6 points per game during her senior season while serving as team co-captain.
Harris, who finished her career in 10th place on the Demon Deacons career assists chart, graduated from Wake in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.
Harris is facing the Demon Deacons as an opposing coach for the second time in as many seasons, having squared off against Wake in a preseason exhibition a year ago.
The Demon Deacons posted a 65-40 victory against Harris' squad in that matchup.
Other UNCW-Wake Forest Connections Harris is not the only member of the UNCW coaching staff with ties to Wake Forest.
Seahawks Director of Basketball Operations Jason Eshbaugh spent eight seasons with the Demon Deacons women's program under former head coach Mike Peterson.
Eshbaugh served as the Director of Player Development and Scouting as well as the Director of Basketball Operations at Wake Forest before joining Harris' inaugural staff at UNCW last June.
The Seahawks are 52-0 since the start of the 2002-03 campaign when limiting the opposition to 50 points or less.
UNCW held nine opponents to 50 points or less in 2010-11 and was a perfect 9-0 in those contests. The Seahawks did not hold an opponent to 50 points or less during the 2011-12 season.
The last time the Seahawks lost a game in which they held their opponent to less than 50 points was a 49-44 setback at rival Campbell on Nov. 17, 2001.
UNCW is 69-8 since the start of the 2000-01 campaign when it scores 70 or more points in a contest.
The Seahawks were 10-1 in 2011-12 and are 23-2 over the past two seasons when reaching the 70-point plateau.
Hail To The Thief UNCW once again made life difficult for opposing offenses last season as the Seahawks averaged 10.3 steals per game to sit second in the CAA and rank 52nd in the nation in that category.
The Seahawks recorded double-figure steals in 19 of their 33 games in 2011-12, including a season-high 17 steals in their win against East Carolina on Nov. 20.
Redshirt junior Jessica Freeman was second on the team and seventh in the league in thefts (2.2) in 2011-12. Freeman, who finished the 2011-12 season in 10th place on the program's single-season steals charts (72), matched the CAA Championship record with eight steals in the Seahawks 94-87 victory over Hofstra in the quarterfinal round of the event.
The 20-20 Club For second straight season and just the fourth time in program history, the UNCW women's basketball team reached the 20-win plateau in a single season.
The Seahawks finished the season with a 20-13 overall mark as they earned their 20th win of the 2011-12 campaign with an 94-87 victory over Hofstra in the quarterfinals of the 2012 CAA Women's Basketball Championship.
The team's 20 wins in 201-12 marked the first time in school history that the program has enjoyed back-to-back 20 win seasons as the 2010-11 squad established a school record with 24 victories.
UNCW was picked to finish seventh overall during the upcoming 2012-13 season and senior forward Karneshia Garrett was a Honorable Mention Preseason All-CAA selection.
The Seahawks and George Mason were selected to finish seventh in a vote of the league's 11 head coaches, ahead of Towson, William & Mary and Georgia State.
Delaware was picked to repeat as regular-season champion while James Madison was tabbed to finish second. Hofstra was picked third, followed by Drexel, Old Dominion, Northeastern, UNCW and George Mason (tie), Towson and William & Mary (tie) and Georgia State.
Garrett earned Honorable Mention Preseason All-CAA accolades after appearing in 32 games and making 21 starts during her first season with the program in 2011-12. She averaged 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while pacing the team with six double-doubles.
2011-12 Recap The UNCW women's basketball program enjoyed another successful campaign in 2011-12.
The Seahawks reached the 20-win plateau for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in program history as it finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 20-13 overall mark. It marked the first time in school history that the program had recorded back-to-back 20-win campaigns.
UNCW made its second straight appearance in the Postseason WNIT as it fell to Appalachian State, 79-73, in first-round action at Trask Coliseum. The loss dropped the Seahawks to 1-2 in two appearances in the 64-team event (2011 & 2012).
UNCW once again made life difficult for opposing offenses as the Seahawks averaged 10.3 steals per game to rank second in the CAA and 52nd in the nation in that category. UNCW recorded double-figure steals in 19 of their 33 games in 2011-12, including a season-high 17 thefts in their win against East Carolina on Nov. 20.
UNCW thrived in close contests last season as the Seahawks were 8-1 in games decided by five points or less during the 2011-12 season. Their only loss under such circumstances came in a 59-57 setback to Old Dominion at Trask Coliseum on Feb. 12.
The Seahawks enjoyed considerable success at home last season, compiling a 9-4 record in the Port City in 2011-12. UNCW finished the season by winning eight of its last 11 home contests.
UNCW wraps up its three-game road trip on Sunday as it faces Elon in a 7 p.m. contest at Alumni Gym.